DISCUS is to launch a campaign to encourage moderate drinking

DISCUS is to launch a campaign to encourage moderate drinking

The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) has appointed a former top government scientist to head its scientific affairs office.

Sam Zakhari, a former director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), will advise DISCUS on scientific policy and research.  Zakhari will be assisted in his new role by the council's chief medical advisor Ray Scalettar.

DISCUS president Peter Cressy said: “There are over 4,000 scientific and quasi-scientific studies on alcohol produced annually. We look to Dr Zakhari and Dr Scalettar to help guide and inform our policy on alcohol and health.”

Zakhari will also spearhead DISCUS' upcoming education programme 'Drink In Moderation'.

It is not immediately clear when Zakhari will start in the role. 

In an interview with just-drinks earlier this year, DISCUS head John McDonnell said the council's biggest issue is battling punitive tax increases from state legislatures looking to plug revenue gaps.